It goes without saying… that smart shopping is an extremely important part of being frugal. We clip coupons, we scour the newspaper and online ads for sales and specials, we price-check sites such as Amazon, and if we’re really smart – we clearance shop. By shopping the clearance section, frugal shoppers can save anywhere from 5% to 95%. By thinking ahead and anticipating our future needs, we can make deeply discounted purchases that we need for upcoming occasions and holidays. I would like to share some of my clearance finds with you, to offer inspiration and encouragement for you lovely frugal folks!
Here I’ve listed some of the clearance types/ categories that you might like to keep in mind:
- Post Season Clearance – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. This is the clearing out of seasonal merchandise to make room for the next season’s merchandise.
- Post Holiday Clearance – Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, maybe Mother’s and Father’s Day. This category of clearance involves the clearing out of merchandise from a past holiday, which items most likely wouldn’t sell if not discounted.
- Post Shopping Season/ Event Clearance – Back-to-School, Christmas gift shopping, Labor Day sales, etc. This is about leftover merchandise from a sales season or event.
- Licensed items – from “outdated” movies, shows, and games. The is the clearing of licensed merchandise that has passed its peak of popularity.
Post Summer Clearance
Post Summer Clearance at Dollar General (along with a couple of decorations for the upcoming Halloween) – Summer shoes and gardening supplies at 75-90% off! I paid $6.77 for everything pictured. The Spider-Man toddler shoes for $1 are my favorite of the deals in this group, as my son is a big fan of the web crawler.
Early Christmas toy shopping for my son at Walmart. I’ve accumulated these items over several months of clearance shopping. When you find a good deal, buy a gift here and buy a gift there. It also takes some of the time, stress, and financial burden away from your annual Christmas shopping routine. Some of these clearance items are from movies that have passed their peak of popularity. But they are excellent gifts, regardless, and my 3-year old isn’t too picky about that kind of thing. I was quite satisfied with these buys, especially the remote control Hulk toy that I purchased for $5. I recently saw the very same toy featured at the entrance of Walmart for $49! Apparently, they decided to bring this one back for the holidays. By shopping smart, I saved $44 on this Christmas gift for my son!
Post Valentine’s Day Clearance
Post Valentine’s Day shopping at K-Mart. I bought these bath and body sets for 75% off following Valentine’s Day. But, as they are not specifically February 14th in nature, I will be giving them as Christmas gifts this year. I purchased everything pictured here for just over $13.
Post Back-to-School Clearance
Post Spring/Summer Clearance
Post Back-to-School shopping at Walmart. Everything here for less than $4.
Post Spring/ Summer shopping at Cracker Barrel. The Cracker Barrel store is one of my favorite small gift shops. Their old-fashioned country gifts are classic, delightful, AND affordable (especially when on clearance! WINK WINK). For example, I got these garden decorations at the end of summer for 90% off! Free is the only way to beat that.
Do you like to shop Clearance? Please tell me about your great finds.